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Being an Expert Witness

  • John ReynardEmail author
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Abstract

Expert witnesses provide evidence which is outside the experience of the tribunal. They enable specialised knowledge to be made intellibible to the judge/jury. The overriding duty of an expert witness is to the court rather than those instructing them and they should only provide an opinion on matters within their expertise. Experts can be in contempt if they mislead the court or face criminal sanctions if they commit perjury and should therefore exercise reasonable care when providing an opinion. They must also declare any conflicts of interest from the outset of the case.

Keywords

Expert witness Expert evidence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyOxford University Hospitals NHS TrustOxfordUK
  2. 2.Nuffield Department of Surgical SciencesOxford University Hospitals NHS TrustOxfordUK
  3. 3.The National Spinal Injuries CentreStoke Mandeville HospitalAylesburyUK

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